What our clients say
Pim Baxter, Deputy Director, National Portrait Gallery
Your fundraising feasibility study gave us the confidence to progress the [Inspiring People] project and begin securing support. From this study we were able to demonstrate an interest among our supporters and prospective donors for a capital project of this scale and that improving and enhancing the Gallery building was seen to be important and necessary.
Chairman, NHS Hospital Charity
Stoutzker Fundraising Partnership was recommended by one of my trustees who had worked with Melanie previously. She and her associate Paul Kelly conducted two extremely helpful and high quality projects for us. The first was an assessment of the Charity's fundraising capability with ongoing strategic fundraising guidance, the second was a capital campaign feasibility consultation. Their feedback was insightful and constructive and we were impressed by their help in engaging prospective donors, support for the Board and guidance for the charity team.
Greg Andrews, Clerk and Chief Executive, Christ’s Hospital
We made a good decision to work with Stoutzker Fundraising Partnership; we asked the consultancy to conduct a feasibility study for the School’s ambitious plans to secure its future and to develop its teaching resources and facilities. Melanie Stoutzker and her associate Paul Kelly delivered a well-researched, insightful and candid report for our Campaign Board. This provided sound basis from which to progress our campaign plans and fundraising. Day to day, the advice, support and guidance during a time of transition and development was a genuine partnership, and greatly appreciated.
Naomi Conway, Head of Development, National Portrait Gallery
Professional, insightful and responsive, Stoutzker Fundraising Partnership offered what the Gallery sought from a fundraising consultant for our donor consultation project. Melanie and Paul offered a thoughtful and personalised approach to our brief and took time to understand our particular needs. They were always available for extra advice and support. We also had excellent feedback from many of our supporters and donors about the way they conducted the feasibility study, which reflected well on us as well as them.
Pam Davis, Director of Development and High Value Fundraising, RSPB
Melanie laid the groundwork for me in such a way that she went beyond the brief; I found her to be supportive, intuitive and strategic, as well as thorough and organised. She brought a fresh perspective to high value fundraising at the RSPB, and I am utilising her preparatory work on areas including major and regular giving, leadership involvement, team development and performance and positioning the RSPB to attract major gifts in the long term.
Vanessa Swann, Chief Executive, Cockpit Arts
Stoutzker Fundraising Partnership has proved to be an ideal consultant for our fundraising needs. In addition to having an in-depth knowledge of the arts sector and capital campaign fundraising, Melanie has an innate ability to immerse herself in the project at hand and to tailor her approach accordingly.
Jane Lawson, Director of Development, Victoria & Albert Museum
Melanie was recommended to me for both strategic planning and hands-on management during a period of transition for the individual giving team. She was able to make a real impact in a relatively short time frame, offering practical support, training and guidance to the team and introducing better working practices. Having Melanie as a sounding board with strategic planning was also very helpful. We will stay in touch as there may be opportunities to work together in the future.
Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican Centre
Melanie was asked to develop individual giving at the Barbican – a new departure for us. She was extremely effective at engaging the Barbican Centre Trust board and senior staff with the enterprise, took advice from a wide variety of stakeholders, and strategically her recommendations have proved spot on. We’ve been able to successfully sustain this work following a handover and have developed a successful patron programme as a result.
Marshall Marcus, Chief Executive, European Union Youth Orchestra
Melanie worked with me and the Southbank's fundraising team to encourage individuals to support the classical music programme. She was driven, insightful and well organised, and within 6 months we had a patrons group with a ‘champion’ to help attract new donors. She understands what makes donors tick, how to get the best out of busy people like me – and I really enjoyed working with her.
When a need arose at the European Union Youth Orchestra I asked for her support again. Melanie worked with us during the intense build up to a major summer residency and tour, and in a 6 week period managed not only to raise new funds and develop new prospects, but also to support our small team and my own efforts, ameliorating what might otherwise have been a somewhat fraught period. Throughout she remained thoughtful and flexible, responding swiftly to any changes in our needs.
Howard J S Pearce, Chairman, South Georgia Heritage Trust
Melanie made a substantial contribution to the work of South Georgia Heritage Trust over the last year or more. She and Paul Kelly have done an enormous amount to establish the Trust’s fundraising activity on a professional footing, in particular through the preparation of the fundraising strategy and the research into potential donors to the Trust. It is also thanks to their advice and guidance that the Trust has been able to recruit a highly experienced full time fundraiser, who has already made an excellent start. I very much enjoyed working with you both and hope to remain in contact.
Christopher Purvis, Chairman, Barbican Centre Trust
Melanie was introduced to me and Nicholas Kenyon as someone who could help attract income from individuals towards the Barbican’s activities. Her depth of experience and sound judgement became evident on both the strategic side and the delivery of practical solutions –and she worked extremely well with me and the Board during the nine months it took to research, recommend, develop and hand over a solid programme from scratch.
Pete Warman, Head of Individual Giving, Southbank Centre
We worked together for over a year following Melanie’s review of Major Giving at the Southbank Centre. She gave me and my team the strategic guidance and practical help that was absolutely essential to raising our game the way I wanted to. We are now more creative and systematic in the way we engage major donors and have developed a stronger regular giving platform to raise funds for the artistic programme – critical in the financial climate and competitive fundraising environment.
Alison Neil, Chief Executive, South Georgia Heritage Trust
I worked with Melanie and her associate, Paul, quite intensively for over a year to develop our fundraising campaign for the Trust’s £8 million Habitat Restoration Project and long term revenue fundraising strategy. They were very good to work with, reliable and always on-hand. I was impressed by the strategic advice and the day to day support alongside that – we are a small organisation with limited resources so that was hugely appreciated. They also worked very well with our board of Trustees to elicit their support for the fundraising campaign – which was absolutely critical.
Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman, Historic England, Deputy Chairman, Evercore Partners, former board member, Barbican Centre Trust
I was a founder member of the Board of The Barbican Centre Trust, which was established to raise funds for the Barbican Centre. Melanie provided us with critical advice in our first few months, helping to develop a framework for attracting support from individual donors and giving us the confidence to approach them. Her advice was based upon her experience from working with other charities in developing programmes for major donors and it helped to lay the foundations for some early successes.
Suzi Usiskin, Head of Partnership Development, CLIC Sargent
Building relationships with supporters is what I do - but working with Melanie helped me take things to a different level and really capitalise on my skills and experience. With her guidance I've adopted a more systematic and strategic approach to big gift fundraising and it's bearing fruit. She also has a way of encouraging creativity in cultivating suporters and giving confidence to those she works with - something we all need. We are still in touch and I'm sure that will continue.